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Ireland: An English Speaking Nation

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review an increasing number of multinational companies, including Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Fast Retailing, Nokia, Renault, Samsung, SAP, Technicolor and Microsoft in Beijing, are establishing English as their common corporate language in order to facilitate communication across geographically diverse locations and business functions. English is now the global language of business. It is also the language of choice in the technology world.

Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone, and that is one of the reasons why a large number of multinational companies locate their European base there. It also makes Ireland a great choice for international students.

Ireland is the country that gave the world Ulysses, Dracula and Gulliver’s Travels. Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature. Irish writers have had a revolutionary impact on English literature, and enriched the language with thousands of Irish-derived words and phrases. W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney have won Ireland four Nobel Prizes for Literature.

English also cements Ireland’s close ties with Britain and USA and its window on the world. According to Ernst & Young’s 2011 Globalisation Index, Ireland is the most globalised nation in the western world in term of GDPs, and, after Kong Hong, it is the world’s most globalised nation.